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  1. wolframheart

    How Did You Fund Your Dual Degree? (MPA/JD)

    I am a dual degree student. I took the maximum course load each semester to graduate with both degrees in three years. I'd say your financial aid will be heavily determined by your university and the funding package you were offered. I was offered a great scholarship for my JD, but I could only use it when I wasn't using my teaching assistantship that I was offered for my secondary degree. Because I ended up taking courses concurrently, I taught with my assistantship and received tuition remission for both degrees simultaneously through my teaching assistantship. When I wasn't teaching, I used my scholarship for my JD to cover costs. I did take out some loans for cost of living (think ~20k). Compared to most law school debt, I look favorably upon that number. Being in school longer doesn't necessarily equate to more debt. You could get funding, you could apply for external funding, or you could be offered a teaching assistantship (depending on the school). I will say, at some schools, you either start your Master's or JD first, and then in year 2 you switch to the other program. Years 3 and 4 are usually a mix (from my research / experience). It's hard to provide much more insight without knowing the specifics of the program you're looking into. If you have any specific questions, feel free to PM me. I would be happy to help if I can.
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    question about academic offence

    As someone who has caught student plagiarism, I can tell you--it is actually (at my R1 university, anyway) very rare for a student to get kicked out for a single incidence of plagiarism. It is most likely, as others have mentioned, that you receive a zero on that assignment (and in some cases, you might just receive a written warning). We keep our papers from our students for one semester after the course is completed. After that time, we don't keep track of it anymore. I can say, a number of my undergraduate papers were bad. Like really bad. Not plagiarized, but I would be embarrassed to have those horrible papers be reviewed by anyone. The truth is, unless you submit the paper as a writing sample or otherwise publish it, after you turn it in, it is long forgotten by the faculty and university. Unless you've given someone a reason to, no one is combing through your undergraduate essays to see if you paraphrased poorly on one essay. I would not, in the slightest, worry about 8 poorly paraphrased words. I would caution you, however, that if you are getting a PhD (or already have one), you need to be careful to not do this again in the future. More than your degrees, you risk your credibility.
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    Asking for moving expenses?

    I made a similar cross-country move (though I was East to West coast). I asked, but unfortunately, the school said no. Though as @TakeruK said, it can't hurt to ask. Just be mindful in wording your request. My school offers each graduate student a summer travel/research stipend. If Chicago is similar, there might be some wiggle room to provide your funds early to cover some moving expenses. I sold a lot of my belongings that I no longer needed. I used media mail through the USPS to get all of my books out West. I had a lot of books, but I don't remember it costing more than $100. I actually picked up short-term seasonal work on a CRM project to earn some extra money to fund my move. It ended up costing around $1,500. I think your best bet is to talk to your graduate office, and if that doesn't pan out, try the financial aid office. There might be some options for you! If not, there is still plenty of time before your move. There's nothing wrong with picking up a short-term job to cover your expenses. Best of luck, and congratulations on your acceptance.

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